Cablevision, Viacom Sign New Carriage Contract

Long-Term Agreement Keeps Programmer's Portfolio on Operator's Systems
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Cablevision Systems said it has reached a new affiliate pact with Viacom on Dec. 31, ahead of the midnight expiration of their carriage contract.

As such, the parties averted any potential disconnect for the programmer on the predominant MSO in the New York metro area, as well as on Cablevision’s systems out west.

"Cablevision and Viacom have reached a long-term agreement that ensures no disruption of Viacom programming for Cablevision customers. No further terms will be disclosed," the operator said in a statement late Monday night.

The pact that was set to expire with the start of 2013 encompassed 19 of the programmer’s networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV.